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Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 06 Nov 2014 06:40 am

Why is that a big deal, or even needed? Here’s why:

Michael Crumling, a 25-year-old machinist from Pennsylvania in the United States, has developed a round designed specifically to be fired from 3D printed guns. His ammunition uses a thicker steel shell with a lead bullet inserted an inch inside, deep enough that the shell can contain the explosion of the round’s gunpowder instead of transferring that force to the plastic body or barrel of the gun. Crumling says that allows a home-printed firearm made from even the cheapest materials to be fired again and again without cracking or deformation. And while his design isn’t easily replicated because the rounds must be individually machined for now, it may represent another step towards durable, practical, printed guns-even semi-automatic ones.

More at the link.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 15 Oct 2014 05:28 am

A real must for the millionaires who already own the TrackingPoint rifle, now there’s some cool shades to go with it:

You can shoot from completely protected positions behind trees or around corners when it’s necessary to remain unexposed to the target.

ShotGlass can record everything you see and say. You don’t need to clamp a GoPro® to your hat anymore. ShotGlass videos download directly to your smart phone for sharing with friends, family, and social media.

Friends or family can wear ShotGlass while you are shooting. They can see exactly what you see, and share your experience. A father can mentor his son by guiding him to the proper whitetail. A professional hunter sees exactly what target his client is engaging and can direct the client to the desired target and point of impact. In battle, a spotter wears ShotGlass to direct his sniper to the target in real-time under high stress.

Photo from the TrackingPoint website:

More information at Ars Technica. Pretty spiffy!

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 04 Sep 2014 07:12 am

From Israel Defense:

IWI has launched “Dan”, a new sniper rifle designed and developed by veteran Olympic target shooter and firearms specialist Nehemiah Sirkis. The new rifle is chambered for the .338 caliber, it weighs 6.9 kilograms and is intended for the law enforcement and military market as well as for the commercial (private ownership) market in the USA. The effective range of the new rifle is 1,200 meters and it includes Picatinni rails and an option for a suppressor (silencer). The rifle uses a bolt-action loading mechanism.

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It is expected that the new sniper rifle will be offered in 7.62mm (.308) caliber as well in the near future. Regarding the .338 ammunition, it is not currently available to most military organizations, but it is undergoing development, including development by Israel Military Industries (IMI).

The rifle is already available to civilians in the U.S.

I have a fondness for bolt action rifles, having grown-up with them. Plus, with high-powered ammo, if the SHTF, it’s nice to have the ability to really reach out and, er, touch someone.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 05 Aug 2014 04:58 am

Looking for a new “coffee table book” to impress visitors? Photographer Herlinde Koelbl’s Targets looks interesting. He traveled the world, photographing the targets used by various military and law enforcement units. You can see samples from the book here at Wired.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 16 Jul 2014 06:46 am

You can enter here. You just have to put up with their emails.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 26 Jun 2014 07:13 am

Some pro-gun folks fall for these, too.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 26 Jun 2014 07:02 am

The LASER sighting manufacturer, and how it became the leader in the industry.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 22 Jun 2014 05:05 am

Better have the defibrillator handy because you’ll need to be shocked, shocked I tell you, when you learn that — aside from a couple of negative quotes by Josh Sugarman — this is a very good article about kids and guns:

Throughout the region, junior shooting programs with names such as “The Projectiles” and “The Hot Shots” are generally open to children age 10 and up. The ranges are packed with boys and, increasingly, girls.

Shooting appeals to young people for unexpected reasons; the sport is unlike the standard competitive fare offered at most of their schools, they say, and measures their individual skill in ways that team play does not.

Many parents of young shooters like it, too. Not only do the demands of target practice improve their children’s focus, they say, but the programs demand a high level of personal responsibility. There are no-exceptions safety rules on the range. And youths are routinely asked at some clubs to bring in their report cards — good grades can be a condition of participation.

It’s a lengthy but worthy read and profiles several kids and their families involved in the shooting sports.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 21 Jun 2014 08:53 pm

Since I have their adjustable, National Match trigger on my GMDI AR-15:

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 18 Jun 2014 01:57 am

And naturally, they make it a liberal vs conservative thing. With handy, interactive map at the link. They make a mistake, though, in that they use ATF numbers for FFL’s, and many of those FFL holders don’t really have store fronts, but just operate small time out of their homes with very limited hours or by appointment only.

Gun Stuff and TechnologyJeff Soyer on 03 Jun 2014 12:02 am

A very interesting interview with the 3D printed gun designer over at ARN. Here’s a sample:

Q: How do you address opposition to what you’re doing and people who point to the shootings in Newtown, Conn. and say what you’re doing will just make it worse?

Wilson: We can play a numbers game… but, if you argue from principle, freedom is scary. If you want to talk about rights, what does it mean to respect a civil liberty or civil right? Well, it means you understand there are social costs in having that right; that’s why it deserves protection in the first place.

That’s why these people are not practicing civil libertarians to say we should prohibit a whole class of activity because there’s a certain amount of violence or deaths that might happen. This is the cost of freedom.

Q: So, do you think there should be any regulations around the printing of 3D printed guns?

Wilson: No, I’m definitely not concerned with regulating it. In fact, I’m daring people to try. These 3D printers are general use technologies and software agnostic. It’s been amazing watching the United States and other state and municipal governments try to deal with it. All we’ve seen so far is outright bans like in the city of Philadelphia. Well, that’s not very useful and it’s not going to work.

Much more at the link.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 02 Jun 2014 10:16 pm

Massad Ayoob notices that he shoots better in matches with a compact Glock than a full sized one.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 29 May 2014 11:06 pm

A court recently ruled that such standard capacity magazines are something new. Dave Kopel and company point out that, in fact, they’ve been around for centuries.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 28 May 2014 09:52 pm

Who knew? Maya Angelou was a proud gun owner.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 20 May 2014 05:00 am

From the Bangor Daily News:

Because this technology provides a positive and safer experience, I believe the number of gun enthusiasts will rise. Families will be able to protect themselves from criminals while guaranteeing that a child cannot fire the gun. For Armatix, safety is a multi-dimensional concept: We think that guns should make you safer without adding the risk of a terrible family tragedy.

The safety mechanisms that I designed are completely in line with the values underpinning the U.S. gun-rights movement and represent a market-driven approach to firearm safety. It’s about having access to more technology features and the right to choose the firearm that best suits your needs. This is a solution everyone should be able to get behind.

Those are the concluding paragraphs. Read the whole thing.

It doesn’t change my mind about the guns being unreliable for personal defense because the technology is subject to dead batteries, not remembering a 5-digit code in ‘the heat of the moment,’ and having to wear some clunky watch-like device. But, I’ll defend his right to manufacture them and offer them for sale. My biggest problem of all is when state legislatures decide that this is the only type of firearm that can now be sold.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 08 May 2014 08:30 pm

An article over at the Daily Caller.

Sorry for lack of commentary today; arthritis in hands has been brutal.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 06 May 2014 01:37 am

Yes, well, that makes sense. However, from the article:

Please spare me your “We took our Mossbergs to the club and beat those snobby guys with high dollar guns and they were pissed off” stories. For one thing, their attitude had nothing to do with you. Trapshooters always look annoyed. For another, yes, you may have beaten them with your Mossbergs, but you would have beaten them by more if you were shooting trap guns.

*Ahem* I use a $300 Mossberg Turkey Thug for trap. Sure, I’d love to have something like a Browning Citori, but I’m not doing serious competition; just fooling around with friends at our very un-snobby range. And, not all of us have that kind of money to spend on a gun.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 05 May 2014 02:23 am

An article in Forbes covers many of the bases that you and I have over the past few years here. However, the author introduces some new objections:

6. Smartguns might be hackable! Even without embedded tracking or jamming technology, smart guns that rely on radio-frequency (i.e., wireless) transmissions – like the aforementioned gun-watch pair, for example – might be susceptible to remote jamming – not something that a law enforcement officer or law-abiding citizen would want to find out when a thug is threatening her with a weapon equipped with a jammer atop. Governments might gain the ability to disable people’s private weapons, and criminals might gain the ability to do so to police service weapons.

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10. Firearms must be able to be disassembled in order to be cleaned and maintained. One of the principles of information security is that someone who has physical access to a machine can undermine its security. Smartgun manufacturers need to show evidence that criminals who steal smartguns cannot modify them to work with the smart technology removed or disabled (or that preventing any components from being accessed that are accessible in conventional weapons will not impact the durability of the weapons).

More at the link.

Related: From Politico a few months ago:

Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts plans to introduce a bill that would require new handguns be outfitted with personalization technology within two years and that older guns be retrofitted within three years so that the firearms won’t work for unauthorized users. The bill includes exemptions for antique guns as well as military arms.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 01 May 2014 12:02 am

For many women a public range can actually be the one barrier to picking up a gun, simply because they don’t know what to expect. Join host Natalie Foster as she explains how to make a first timer’s trip to the range educational, stress-free and FUN!

(Picture is linked to the first episode.)

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 13 Apr 2014 03:48 am

If you have way too much money, there’s a guy specializing in it. Video at the link.

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